2.8 on April 13, 2018
This is a beautiful & charming old house. Owners seem to take pride in it but don't seem enthusiastic about hosting guests there. Rather, they seem to "tolerate" having other ppl in their home. A cousin & I shared a room (William Woldert, I believe) I slept on a pull-out sleeper chair. Comfortable but no space to navigate in the room with that pulled out. Very small room. As older ladies, we enjoyed having a walk in shower. Everything very clean. This was the most expensive B&B we booked for our extended trip. Other B&Bs were as nice or nicer & less money.
We are saddened to hear that you and Jan had a negative experience during your stay with us. Sometimes when guests do not book direct with us, the intricacies of individual needs are lost through lack of personal communication. That may be the case here; however, we believe the room you reserved was still the best fit for your overall physical limitations. We respect that you may have been compelled to lower your ratings based on emotions; but would have enjoyed an opportunity to offer some compensation for your percieved discomfort. Safe travels to you both.
- Mike & Barbara (innkeeper)
5 on April 09, 2018
My daughter and I visited Tyler, TX this past weekend and spent one night at this B&B. Not only was the place stunning and impeccable, but what made it even more special was the hospitality of the owners, Mike and Barbara. We will never forget how wonderfully the made us feel, their making sure we had all we needed, and then served us the most delicious breakfast, while sitting down with us to chat. The place is near downtown with red brick roads and with all of the history the place and the house has to offer. Such a wonderful stay - highly recommend it.
Thanks so much for finding us. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to your next visit!
- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)
4.8 on April 06, 2018
We came to Tyler for the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail and after reading reviews on Woldert-Spence Manor, decided to stay here. Glad to say we are so very pleased to have made that our choice! The Manor is immaculate and Barbara is the perfect host. The neighborhood felt safe, and Barbara's garden was brimming with interesting plants. The gardens on the trail were in peak bloom and so easily accessible from W-S Manor.
It was a pleasure to have you in the house. We look forward to future visits. Don't miss out on upcoming events like the Red Dirt Festival in May and the Texas Rose Festival the third week of October!
- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)
3.6 on April 03, 2018
Current owners have been there 3 years but house has been B & B for decades. Previously a private home. Lovely historical area within a few blocks of many sites and dining. Robert Spence room at the top of steep stairs is not for tall people. All bathrooms were added so they are small. Baloney was nice but room faces west, so probably get really warm in summer. The bed wasn't very comfortable. Downstairs there is refrigerator, water and microwave for the public but no ice. Furniture in parlour isn't comfortable and room is junkyard. Food was ok. Owners are still learning
Thank you for your valuable feedback. Guests seeking a true historic location are typically charmed by the unique qualities of the property. We are glad you enjoyed the balcony, as that is one of the charming features that draws guests to this room. We are always happy to accommodate special needs of guests upon request. Wishing you safe and happy travels.
- Mike and Barbara (innkeeper)
5 on March 22, 2018
Just being able to see this manor home was a delight. You can tell Barbara and Mike love sharing their home with others - and the breakfast is wonderful. Barbara makes sure you are set for the day ahead with her gourmet cooking skills. The location was quiet and perfect for our 3 night stay in Tyler. They are only a mile away from yummy BBQ at Stanley's so we enjoyed a walk there and back each of our 3 nights!
Thank you D&M! It was such a pleasure to offer you our hospitality and learn about your adventurous journey. If never we meet again, you are wished only happy days until then!
- Barbara & Mike (innkeeper)
5 on March 13, 2018
Barbara and Michael were excellent Innkeepers - the food was marvelous, the room was clean and well decorated in items from that time period as was the whole house in general. This was like a cool slumber party in a neat museum. Highly recommended!
4.6 on March 10, 2018
Lovely inn, comfortable bed, very clean, tasty food. The innkeeper, Barbara Downs, was very knowledgeable about local history, great recommendations for sightseeing. If we have the opportunity, we'd stay there again.
3.0 on March 06, 2018
Last week we spent two nights at Woldert-Spence Manor. A great B&B in the old part of Tyler with very friendly innkeepers and impeccable service. The rooms were fine, but the bathrooms very small. The homemade breakfast by Barbara tasted real good and exceeded our expectations! Onsite dining was not possible, because this is a B&B.
5 on February 28, 2018
Room was very charming!
5 on February 27, 2018
Great location, beautiful property, comfortable bed, great service and wonderful breakfast.
4.4 on January 26, 2018
Enjoyed being educated about history of house and area
4.0 on January 24, 2018
Clean and comfortable room. Gracious hostess. We love staying in historic homes as we have one ourselves - The Swann Hotel B&B in Deep East Texas. It is always nice to see what other innkeepers do - so we can learn new things to ;make our place even better. We would definitely stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor again
4.8 on January 15, 2018
We loved our room in the front of this historic home - beautiful stained glass windows above the comfortable queen bed. The old fashioned claw foot tub was very relaxing. Great breakfast - we could not eat it all. Love to go back when the azaleas are blooming in Tyler. Jerry S.
5 on November 23, 2017
The house was so cute, the food was delicious, and the Downs family was so warm and inviting. It was a perfect start to our honeymoon and we’re both so glad to have started our journey at this place. 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy Southern hospitality in a beautiful, historical location.
4.0 on November 15, 2017
My number one criteria for a good place to stay is the comfort of the bed. These beds are comfortable! The other defining moment at a B&B is of course breakfast. And NO ONE should miss breakfast. It's eye-rolling GREAT.
4.2 on November 04, 2017
Good location just 2 hours from Dallas. Friendly host, interesting home. Great steak restaurant downtown!
4.6 on October 29, 2017
We needed somewhere to stay for one night. Wish we could have enjoyed the house for longer. Mike and Barbara were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was wonderful with great conversation.
5 on October 29, 2017
Mike and Barbara have provided a wonderful place to stay for relaxation and comfort. Beautiful clean rooms that are both interesting and cozy. This was our second stay with these wonderful hosts. We'll be coming back for years to come. Good food and lots of local things to see and do, or just relax and enjoy. Eddie and Amy
5 on October 27, 2017
Beautifully kept inn, rooms nicely appointed, breakfast is delicious and will accommodate special needs, innkeepers barb and mike are really nice folks who are interesting and informational...customer service is paramount! Will definitely stay again when in Tyler for events...my friends who have stayed before loved it a much as we did!!
4.6 on October 26, 2017
This is "our place" for stays in Tyler, TX. Love the character of the historic home and Mike and Barbara serve as great hosts with delicious breakfasts and helpful connections to the Tyler community.
We cannot express enough how much we appreciate our repeat guests. To be your "go to" place in Tyler is priceless; and we look forward to your familiar faces on our doorstep and at our table. Personal connection and fellowship is part of why we love what we do. We strive for five stars on all reviews; and you are the guests we look to for suggestions on what will take you there. Feel free to email us a note!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
2.0 on October 25, 2017
Charming house, generally gracious hosts. There were problems. We stayed in a cottage behind the main house. A pervasive musty odor filled our space. I knew this would be trouble for my allergy if we stayed more than 2 days. We were booked for only two days, so I decided to risk it. The inflammation in my airways and sinuses started to kick in on the second night. I anticipated that trying to move to another facility without paying these people for our stay was going to create a major hassle. Their preoccupation with cost compensation, while understandable, seemed a bit more "front-and-center" than what I'd describe as typical. I explained that I drive a plug-in hybrid and asked about an outlet to recharge our car's hybrid battery overnight. They said they had no external outlets. Prepared for that possibility, I told them we brought an extension cord and could run it up to the apartment through the balcony door. The hostess explained that the balcony door shuts tightly and this would require leaving the door open, which meant running the air conditioner overnight with an open door. She said this would cost her $400. (This impressed me as implausible. She said if I wanted to do this, she would come over and turn off the AC at the thermostat. The thermostat is kept in a lock box, so guests have no independent control over the room temperature, and the hosts do not live on site. Anyone planning to book a stay at this facility should be aware of this circumstance. The food was average. Guests were served baked egg casseroles on both days. Orange juice and luke-warm coffee also was served. The atmosphere was warm and hospitable and the guests all were pleasant. I was not aware of any musty air in the dining and sitting areas of the main house. The facility is promising, but we probably will not stay there again.
Goodness, Mark, many of your issues could easily be resolved if brought to our attention; however, unless a guest can articulate their needs, there is slight chance of that. To clarify, we DO live on site...right next to the cottage you occupied, so emergencies are handled in a timely manner. We also provide a space on your reservation to articulate any non-emergency special needs, such as outdoor electrical, allergies, etc. to provide for conversation relevant to those needs. In addition, we invite guests to call us ahead with any questions or concerns so we can resolve those in advance. No such opportunity was presented to us. Upon your late-evening arrival, the fact that we were "up front" with our last-minute responses to protecting our business and property is a positive attribute, as it helps provide an understanding between the parties involved. While we cannot anticipate the sensitivity of a particular guest's biological balance, there has been no previous mention of "musty odors" in that space, nor was it mentioned on your reservation. If guests have such a high sensitivity, it would be incumbent on them to inquire with us and explore remedies of such while traveling. We do regret that you may have suffered your sinus issues. Your unit also has a fully equipped kitchen, in which we prepared your own coffee maker. That guests choose not to take advantage of this and opt to relax in the main house parlor is perfectly fine. We also have the occasional guest who prefers their coffee hotter than what it comes off the pot; and we graciously resolve that for them, so again, communication is our friend. We do wish we could please everyone all the time; but occasionally that is clearly not possible. Best of travels to you.
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on October 14, 2017
My sister and I enjoyed our stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor. It was like visiting family and we felt very much at home there. We slept well and ate well at breakfast. Barbara made a great effort to prepare food according to guests requests (vegetarian and other preferences). I would love to go back sometime.
4.8 on October 03, 2017
The Woldert-Spence Manor is a historical landmark, but is as comfortable as visiting relatives or friends. I wished we could stay longer.
4.8 on August 29, 2017
My recent two-night stay was a treat! The location close to downtown was convenient. Barbara & Mike were great hosts, friendly and helpful. I especially loved my balcony off my 2nd floor room. Both days my breakfast was delicious! I will definitely return when I'm in Tyler, TX.
Thank you for your kind review. We are always striving to be the perfect 5-star rating for our guests, so welcome any suggestions on how we can accomplish that for you. We look forward to any time in the future when we have another opportunity to host you and close that gap to a perfect rating!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on August 16, 2017
Quiet, peacefulness was just what I needed. Breakfast was good and Barbara makes a mean Chocolate cookie! :) I really enjoyed learning more about the B&B history.
5 on August 14, 2017
This beautiful old home sits on a shady lot a few blocks from downtown Tyler. The stain glass windows and architecture are authentic to the age of the home and the furniture choices blend in well. Our room had a small private balcony that we enjoyed. Our host and hostess were friendly and helpful and we had a delightful chat about the history of the home. Our breakfast was delicious with a variety of food.
4.6 on August 12, 2017
My wife and I stayed up stairs in the one room with a balcony. This room was built in the attic ages ago and the ceilings are low. This was no issue for my wife and I who are a bit vertically challenged. On the plus side, I could adjust the ceiling fan speed from the bed without standing. The television in the room was an old 12" CRT, however Barbara said they have purchased new flat screens. Just waiting to get them installed. The food was very appealing even to a picky eater as myself and nicely presented. Mike and Barbara are fairly new to the B&B thing, but they are getting the house together quickly, learning fast and are natural hosts.
4.2 on June 28, 2017
Barbara and Mike are such personable hosts that we quickly felt like we were staying with friends. Our stay in the Robert Spence Jr. room (upstairs) was very comfortable and enjoyable. The balcony on the room was a really pleasant place to step out to in the morning or as the sun set. Our meals at the beautiful dining room table were delicious but not heavy and Barbara easily accommodated my gluten-free needs. Her knowledge of the original family history of the house would make you think that they were close relatives. She really communicates a joy and appreciation for that history and for many attractions in and around Tyler.
4.6 on June 28, 2017
Owners, Mike and Barbara together create an atmosphere of hospitality that makes you want to stay and visit with a feeling of "we're home". They are the heart and soul of the manor. Breakfast is truly a delight and special occasion here. Had a fabulous time sharing stories with other guests around the table. Lovely rooms with Victorian antiques amid a historic home. A wonderful jewel made special by the owners.
4.6 on June 07, 2017
We needed to get away from the noise and traffic that is so much a part of the Metroplex. It is peace and quiet in a beautiful setting. Canton is so close if we had wanted to explore, but on this trip we decided not to go. I will tell my friends who are looking for a close destination and yet a million miles from our hectic lives. We will be back. Carol
5 on June 01, 2017
We stayed in the Sun Room. It was clean and quiet and beautiful. Our bed was comfortable and we felt right at home, but without the chores. The food was great, but our hosts, Mike and Barbara, were polite, generous, and friendly. We went there to relax, and that we did. We look forward to staying there again sometime. Eddie and Amy Weathersby
5 on May 24, 2017
First time to stay in a B&B for our 38th wedding anniversary. Beautiful Victorian home and furnishings. Hosts were very sweet and took care of our every need. So much better than a hotel. Breakfast quiche was delicious. Loved the croissants with Nutella.
3.6 on May 21, 2017
Good location, cute house with a history. Easy parking in back. Personable hosts. Two cats - one quite friendly. Excellent breakfast. The rooms will all differ, so do a little homework if you are picky. Ours had a patio with screened covering outside. We would return without hesitation.
4.4 on May 12, 2017
Friendly and welcoming hosts. Gourmet breakfast. We really enjoyed our stay.
4.4 on May 01, 2017
Very pleasant stay. My only suggestion is that if you do not like hard bed pillows, be sure to bring your own.
Thank you for your suggestion. We do sometimes field requests for a different pillow; and with almost 50 pillows on property, we can usually accommodate individual tastes. Of course, some guests do bring their personal favorite which is perfectly understandable!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on April 29, 2017
Perfect place to get away. The inn keeper, Barbara, is a fantastic cook and fantastic host. It is a historical house of Tyler, Texas and so I asked Barbara about the history and she told us in detail all about from when the house was first build, up to present day. If you are coming to Tyler, stay here. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
5 on April 23, 2017
Beautiful room, nice porch, gourmet breakfast, gracious host. We'd definitely stay again.
4.6 on April 23, 2017
Mom and I loved the stay. The breakfast was amazing!! One bit of advice, bring your own shampoo and conditioner.
Thank you for your kind review. The shampoo we supply is a "conditioning" shampoo (one step), and is purchased from a hotel supplier. We realize guests may have a favorite brand; and you are welcome to bring whatever makes your hair happy :-)
- Mike & Barbara Downs (innkeeper)
5 on April 17, 2017
Great price and value for a B&B in Tyler TX. Breakfast was wonderful each morning. Barbara drove 30 minutes to bring me my laptop (that I forgot). A life savor. Good place!
When guests stay with us, we look to treat you like the proverbial family member who promises to bequeath all their worldly treasures to us in their will. While we hope our efforts translate into repeat visits and lifelong friendships, we fully understand the immediate stress caused by lost items. Taking the initiative to help make your visit end on a positive note is what guests can expect from us...something not likely found with the big chain hotels. We enjoyed sharing our home with you, and look forward to any opportunity in the future to host you again!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
4.8 on April 15, 2017
Barbara and Mike are fabulous hosts. Easy check in and nice clean rooms. The breakfast was amazing! Barbara is a fantastic cook. We enjoyed our stay and recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in the tyler area.
3.0 on April 06, 2017
Interesting place. Very nice owner. Bath was a clawfoot tub with liner inside, but too small when taking a shower. Could have been a bit cleaner. Bed was ok. Good breakfast and owner was nice to talk to...
Thank you for taking time to write a review. It concerns us when a guest is not pleased with their stay. While we love to see and hear rave reviews about the wonderful stays our guests experience, we appreciate hearing even faster about anything that might diminish your pleasure during a stay with us in order to address it immediately. Our website clearly identifies the amenities in each room; and obviously we cannot change the size of the tub; however, all bathroom fixtures are scrubbed and sanitized between guest visits. We regret we did not get the opportunity to compensate you if our service was lacking.
- Woldert-Spence Manor (innkeeper)
5 on April 05, 2017
Barbara and Mike were wonderful and gracious hosts. Breakfast each day was a lovely, slightly decadent and complete meal that was not too heavy. They served us like we were royalty. The William Room and is well appointed and well laid out - roomy and easy to maneuver. The bathroom was larger than expected and the little touches were greatly appreciated ( dark wash cloth for make up removal, plenty of linens). Barbara and Mike were delightful to visit with and found ourselves lingering over breakfast for quite sometime. They made all the guests feel included and we enjoyed lively conversation and banter. I recommend without reservation and will look to them first for my next trip to Tyler.
Thank you for taking time to give a detailed review. We so much appreciate when guests find us and then have a fabulous experience that they can convey to others! That you felt like royalty and well cared for while in our home fulfills our ambition to offer a great value for your hard-earned money. We look forward to any time in the future when we can share our hospitality with you again.
- Barbara (innkeeper)
5 on April 04, 2017
very relaxing and quaint inn. The innkeeper is a fabulous hostess, and the breakfast experience was out of this world! A step back in time. Can't wait for our next visit.
Thank you so very much for the kind review! We are always thrilled when our guests have an excellent experience; but are also open to any feedback that might help us improve. We look forward to your next visit!
- Barbara (innkeeper)
5 on April 02, 2017
Our stay at Woldert-Spence Manor was an anniversary gift. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The history is so interesting. The breakfasts were absolutely great.
Thank you so much for making us a part of your special celebration! We hope you will find future reasons to visit Tyler and stay with us again. Wishing you many more happily married years ahead.
- Woldert-Spence Manor (innkeeper)
5 on March 21, 2017
This was my seventh visit to the Woldert-Spence B&B. They never fail to please. It is my go-to place in Tyler. They ambiance and the location can't be beat.
Our return guests are so important! We look forward to hosting you anytime...and hearing your feedback on how we might improve your visits (we are diligently working on the gardens!). Until next time, we wish you well!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
4.6 on March 20, 2017
We had a wonderful stay. Very comfortable rooms, Mike and Barb are great hosts. Lots of fun things to do and check out in Tyler. Highly recommended!
5 on March 19, 2017
a relaxing and enjoyable stay. the home is rich in character and history, and the hostess is engaging, friendly and very knowledgable in the fascinating history of the home. the breakfast was fabulous. what a treasure, right in the heart of Tyler.
4.8 on March 18, 2017
Enjoyed our stay! First B&B ever and it made us want to go to more!
5 on March 01, 2017
My husband and I spent a night here in the Elizabeth Spence room upstairs. Everything was perfect for us. The bed was super comfy, the food delicious, the hosts friendly and thoughtful, we had as much privacy as we wanted, and it's walking distance to the downtown area which is why we were in town to begin with. Very happy that we stayed here and plan to go back next year.
5 on February 28, 2017
We stayed in this bed and breakfast to celebrate Valentine's Day and we were more than satisfied. The home itself is gorgeous and teeming with rich history. We stayed in the Alma Mary and Robert Spence room and were in love with the romance it offered. The hosts were wonderful. Very friendly. We felt more like old friends than guests during our stay. The breakfast was very tasty as well! I recommend this bed and breakfast for anyone looking for a clean and cozy place to catch some sleep or those looking for a relaxing get away. We will definitely be staying again in the future
Thank you for your kind review. We just love our Valentine guests, and look forward to anytime in the future we have the honor of hosting you again. Valentine's Day has gained significance as the beginning of our busy season, so we are working to make the celebration of love a special event here at the Manor. Watch our website and Facebook pages for advertised special events!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on February 17, 2017
Beautiful room with outstanding stained glass. Attractive private porch. Host Barb made us feel totally at home and relaxed. Great breakfast, tasty and beautiful presentation. We definitely will stay here again.
4.4 on February 15, 2017
Staff was accommodating with our late arrival. Breakfast was excellent, only negative was room temperature was a little warm for our liking.
5 on February 06, 2017
You can't beat the location of this charming and beautifully restored 19th century home. Barbara is a wonderful hostess, going above and beyond to make your stay comfortable but also discreet enough to give you your space so that your privacy is never in question. Delicious breakfast in a large and comfortable dining room. Large sitting room. Nice courtyard out back and plenty of off street parking. Nice street with additional historic homes. YMCA is just across the street for the fitness minded.
5 on November 25, 2016
The hosts are very friendly and aim to please :) The rooms are quaint and it's great to interact with others staying there. The breakfast was marvelous!
4.6 on November 18, 2016
We very much enjoyed our stay. Barbara and Mike are gracious hosts and very friendly. The only reason we rated the rooms at 3 was because the room we stayed in was smaller than we thought from the picture -- although it did have a very nice balcony! We stayed 2 nights, and the location/accommodations were very nice and relaxing. Would stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor again!
Thank you for your very thoughtful review. Our room descriptions do include general measurements; but we also understand that well-designed photos of an attractive room can sometimes distort the viewer's perception. We are glad you enjoyed your stay; and look forward to any time in the future that we may have the pleasure of hosting you again!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on November 09, 2016
The hosts added to the relaxing atmosphere of their home.
5 on November 06, 2016
Our stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor couldn't have been better. Mike and Barb were wonderful hosts. Our room was spacious and clean with a great screened in porch. The breakfast was fantastic. We wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely be back. We highly recommend this B&B.
5 on October 18, 2016
Barbara and Mike are wonderful hosts. Our rooms were very comfortable and everything was very clean. They were very accommodating and breakfast was always enjoyable.
4.6 on September 28, 2016
Really nice place to stay in Tyler and Mike and Barbara are great hosts
3.6 on September 27, 2016
Barbara was a very gracious and attentive hostess, the house is vintage and nicely renovated, the setting is quiet and pretty, and there are a lot of restaurants and amenities nearby in Tyler. This place is a great value, well kept and clean. Being an old house, it is a bit creaky. The food was nicely presented but could use some improvement in terms of flavor and choices, compared to other places we've stayed. Overall a very pleasant stay and I would recommend it!
4.6 on August 03, 2016
After a long flight and drive, we had a great sleep in our clean, well appointed room. We love breakfast and it was excellent. We would definitely stay here again.
5 on July 15, 2016
My daughter and I stayed here for 2 nights in late June when we were in town for some meetings at UT Tyler. We enjoyed our stay so much that we've already booked for our next trip. The location is very convenient, the house is beautiful and perfectly appointed. The place oozes with warmth and charm from the moment you drive up. Our hostess couldn't have been more hospitable. We felt right at home, like we were staying with dear friends. Breakfast each morning was fabulous and worth the trip on its own. I highly recommend this lovely, well cared for, bed & breakfast.
5 on July 10, 2016
We stayed here 2 nights in the William Woldert room. It was an absolutely incredible experience. The innkeeper, Barbara is very personable and a very skilled chef! She made us a fabulous quiche the first morning and a delicious oven baked omelet the next morning. Both were beautifully presented and had a yogurt and fruit parfait to start. The home is equipt with games, outside sitting spaces, wifi, cable... But our very favorite part was our morning conversations with Barbara over breakfast and coffee. This B&B alone is a great reason to visit Tyler, TX. Thank you!
5 on July 06, 2016
I cannot fault anything about our stay. The beds were comfortable, the rooms were beautifully done and the breakfast was delicious. Barbara was welcoming and helpful. We look forward to returning!
3.0 on July 06, 2016
Very quaint house, loved the ambiance and location. A bit steep for the stay, but it was a good experience for my daughter.
5 on July 04, 2016
The home was very lovely! Our room was very comfortable and clean. Barbara was very accommodating and an awesome cook!! She prepared a gourmet breakfast the next morning. We would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone.
4.6 on July 01, 2016
We liked everything. We enjoy old houses and being a small part of them. We enjoyed sitting on the porch with the white wicker furniture that was like that in my Grandfather's home. We loved the three friendly kitty cats. We even enjoyed the challenges that the utility workers provided. Reynolds and Alice Griffith
4.4 on June 13, 2016
Wonderful home with really nice rooms, Mike and Barbara were really nice hosts. Were only able to stay one evening so we didn't really get to experience all they had, but we will be back again.
5 on June 08, 2016
It was a privilege being able to stay at this fabulous historic home. The breakfast and attention to service detail was all four stars. The room was very comfortable, attractive and lovely. I would highly recommend this B+B and the town of Tyler for a visit!
4.2 on June 05, 2016
4.0 on June 01, 2016
Stayed at Historic Woldert-Spence Manor for a weekend and had a great time. The hosts were very welcoming and very professional from the moment we came in. Rooms and bathroom were clean and well taken care of and the hosts provided water as well as very convenient communal area with snacks and coffee/tea. A fridge communal is available in the communal area which is a nice touch as we were able to bring in food and wine and enjoy them on the porch. We were served a wonderful home made breakfast every morning and had a very entertaining time talking to the guests and the hosts who attended to every need of their guests. Will definitely look for opportunities to do this again!
3.6 on May 18, 2016
We wanted to stay within walking distance of downtown Tyler and used google maps to find this place nearby. It was a very relaxing and enjoyable B&B. Lots of history and Barbara is great. Prepared breakfast two mornings and she knocked them out of the park. Nothing like I have eaten for breakfast. I would recommend a stay there just for the historic value, but the entire experience was good.
4.6 on April 28, 2016
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the accommodations of the old house, the delightful hospitality of the owner, and the delicious breakfast. We would highly recommend it to others, as well as return ourselves when we can. We enjoyed a cozy upstairs room with a private balcony, which we really enjoyed relaxing on following the incredible breakfast!
3.8 on April 26, 2016
This was our second visit to Woldert Spence Manor. The location is very convenient to downtown, yet tucked away far enough off the main road to offer some seclusion. Barbara, the innkeeper, was excellent, very pleasant, personable and a great cook. The Manor provides that unique step back in time, and feeling of getting away from the modern rush of daily life.
5 on March 20, 2016
Our second stay was as good if not better than our first. The rooms are clean and have all the comforts of home. Barb is a great host and a great cook. We were packing up my daughter to move. When we came in that evening Barb had a meat and cheese tray for us. It was a great surprise and very good. Not sure if we will go back to Tyler since my daughter has moved but if we do we will stay with Barb again. Barb is warm and inviting. Just a great place to stay. Thanks, Barb!
5 on March 20, 2016
great food, outstanding hospitality!
5 on March 10, 2016
If you're looking for a relaxing night away, in east Texas, this is your place. Barbara took our reservation the night of, was very welcoming, and made us feel at home. It was a really cool 19th century home, but has a modern and shaded courtyard... with a hot tub! Barbara made a great breakfast, which made it an overall fun experience.
5 on March 08, 2016
We drove down to attend a local concert & we actually only chose the WS Manor because it was the nearest hotel to the venue. I am so happy we stumbled across this little gem! Barbara is a fantastic cook, very personable, and pays attention to the little details. The property is beautiful, the rooms are clean & cozy. This will from now on be our home away from home while in Tyler. Stay at the WS Manor you will not be disappointed.
Thank you for finding us! We hope Tyler entices you back again and again; and we look forward to offering you our hospitality when you are in town. Recommend us to your friends and family ...you can earn free stays when they say you referred them to us!
- Mike & Barbara Downs (innkeeper)
5 on February 08, 2016
Our second stay at Woldert Spence Manor was just a great as the first. The rooms are clean and have all to comforts of home. We were in Tyler to move our daughter so we had a very busy day. Barb made us a tray of meat, cheese, and pita chips for a snack when we returned. It was a nice and delicious surprise. Barb is warm and inviting; just a pleasure to talk to. She is also a fantastic cook. Breakfast is delicious and not just the normal bacon, eggs, and pancakes you get with a continental breakfast. If we ever go back to Tyler we will stay here again. Thanks Barb!
We very much appreciate and enjoy our repeat guests! You are an excellent validation of our efforts to make everyone's stay special. It was a true joy to meet you and your lovely family; and we look forward to the day when our paths may meet again.
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
4.2 on December 10, 2015
We had a quick stay that was quite enjoyable for our first time visiting a B&B. We loved the history of the Woldert-Spence Manor and Barbara was very hospitable.
4.8 on November 19, 2015
This was my first bed and breakfast experience! I came for Veterans Day with my sister and we really enjoyed our stay! The hospitality was great, the food was great and it was a peaceful stay! Thank you all sooooo much for what you do to make the stay here very enjoyable! :- )
5 on October 29, 2015
My husband and I were on our honeymoon during our stay. The manor was beautifully decorated and well kept. The innkeeper Barbara was very accommodating and provided us with a delicious breakfast the next morning. She also presented us with a congratulatory wedding gift. It was beautiful and very thoughtful. We will be returning again in the future.
Honeymooners give us such joy! We are honored to help you make the start of your married life a beautiful memory that can be repeated for many anniversaries to come.
- Mike & Barbara Downs (Innkeepers)
5 on October 21, 2015
The Woldert-Spence Manor was the perfect location to host our reunion. The rooms are comfortable, the food is scrumptious, and our hosts Mike and Barbara accommodated our morning schedule so we could enjoy the Rose Fest parade!
5 on September 11, 2015
The food was excellent and the hosts were gracious!
5 on July 08, 2015
Mike and Barbara were perfect hosts! They were accomodating of our different dietary needs; gracious and friendly; and made our stay more of a retreat in a hotel. The bed we had felt as comfortable as our home bed does! The Manor is so full of history and beauty. We travel a lot, and didn't know how much a bed and breakfast could add to our experience. We visited some wineries in the area, and the location was central to them. Excellent time and a gorgeous area of Texas!
4.6 on June 10, 2015
very nice B and B in a historic 19th century house. Room was very comfy, bed was excellent. Slight issue with what I think was a poorly venting drain in shower. Other than that, the room was great. Breakfast was very good. I am more of a "savory" breakfast fan, and there was 2 "sweet" dishes, but they were good..All in all, highly recommended.
We appreciate your kind words; and the constructive feedback on your recent stay with us. We believe the odor issue was a remnant from the city's recent water treatment, as it has resolved itself as quickly and mysteriously as it appeared. We are also more mindful of ensuring that breakfasts attain a balance of flavors each morning that will satisfy everyone without repeating a "sweet" emphasis on two consecutive mornings. Thank you for choosing to stay with us!
- Barbara (innkeeper)
4.2 on February 18, 2014
My wife and I where celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary. Chris and Lisa helped make it a very special time. Thanks.
5 on March 09, 2013
This is a beautiful 1859 B and B. We especially loved the stained glass around the doors and windows.Our bedroom had a fireplace which was quite romantic.The location was quiet and we were able to walk around the neighborhood without problems. Several good restaurants are close by.
4.4 on February 13, 2013
We just wanted to get away for the weekend and relax. This was the perfect weekend. Our innkeeper gave us such good recommendations for things to do and places to eat. She was also very personable.
5 on February 09, 2013
We only stayed one night in the William Woldert room which was very cozy and comfortable. We were served an excellent gourmet breakfast. The innkeeper was very friendly and helpful. We will return and spend more time exploring Tyler.
4.6 on February 06, 2013
What a wonderful trip and fantastic stay. The rooms were comfortable and beautiful. Our hostess Shonda was fantastic and the food was delish! This was my first B&B stay and it exceeded expectations in all ways. Thank you so much for a lovely weekend!!!
4.4 on January 23, 2013
We had a wonderful stay. The house is beautiful and the breakfast was awesome. Great location close to downtown. Would stay again when in Tyler!
4.6 on December 23, 2012
Wonderful place to stay. For two or three people, the Rockway Cottage is the one to reserve. It has a small kitchen and sitting area, so family members of mine who stayed in the main house walked over to the cottage to drink coffee and visit. Delightful breakfast the next morning all together in the main house. Highly recommend!!
4.8 on December 22, 2012
We always stay here when visiting family & are always thrilled.
5 on December 11, 2012
Our stay at Woldert-Spence Manor made our quick getaway to Tyler a wonderful experience.
5 on December 10, 2012
Everything about our stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor was fantastic. The Inn Keeper Shonda, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable, hospitable and an incredible cook. The room was spacious, comfortable and cozy, the pictures on the website do not come close to doing it justice. I can't wait for our next weekend getaway!
5 on December 06, 2012
I have very high standards but this visit was flawless! The property is gorgeous, the rooms so tastefully decorated (not stody old antiques), and the inn keeper was amazing! I don't see how anyone could be disappointed. Chande McDermid
5 on November 22, 2012
ENJOYED OUR STAY. WILL MAKE A RETURN VISIT.
5 on November 16, 2012
My wife and I would like to thank Shonda for her hospitality during our recent stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor B&B. She made us both feel right at home, instead of another "paying customer." We found the home to be very clean and well equipped for the 2-nights we stayed. The bedroom and bathroom were comfortable, along with our morning breakfast filling. Again, thanks Shonda. God Bless. Denis and Angie Corder
5 on November 14, 2012
Our innkeeper, Shonda, was very gracious and accommodating. The inn itself is charming. We'll definitely visit again!
4.4 on November 04, 2012
We loved the Victorian feel and the innkeeper, Shonda was a delight. Very knwledgeable about what to see and do in the area. We had the room with the private balcony. Enjoyed the privacy feel even though other couples were staying there would not have known it.
4.2 on October 22, 2012
We had a great innkeeper. I do think the description that the bathroom was separate from the bedroom should have been more clear. Otherwise we enjoyed.
5 on October 18, 2012
We spent the weekend at Woldert-Spence Manor to celebrate our 33rd. wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful time; the room was very comfortable. We had to leave early on Monday morning and Shonda prepared breakfast for us at 7:15 AM even though it is normally served at 9:15 AM. By the way, the breakfasts were great.
4.6 on October 18, 2012
This was our first time staying in a bed and breakfast, and we weren't sure what to expect. Our room was spacious and beautiful, and we used the gas fireplace even though it was warm outside. The bed was quite creaky and my husband wanted the room to be darker (there was a sleeping mask in the bedside table), but everything else was great. Breakfast was always delicious and cookies, water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and soda were always available. We really enjoyed meeting the other guests as we sat in the parlor or at breakfast. The neighborhood was a little bit interesting, but we felt safe, and it was very easy access to Broadway, where everything is located. We will definitely stay here again!
5 on October 16, 2012
Our visit was short but very comfortable. Our breakfast had to be served early as we needed to leave early in the morning. Everything was perfect and we will definitely visit again next year.
5 on October 12, 2012
Beautiful bed and breakfast. Excellent breakfast. The inn keeper went out of her way to make our stay very special.
4.4 on October 12, 2012
Everything was excellent. The room was beautiful as was the entire house. My wife and I loved the experience, our first at a Bed and Breakfast. We plan another exprience at Woldert-Spence Manor.
5 on October 11, 2012
This is the perfect place to stay when in town for business or pleasure. I woke up relaxed and refreshed and enjoyed a fantastic breakfast before heading off to meetings all day. It was wonderful to come into the peace and quiet of the house and relax after a long day as well. Well worth the price paid!
4.0 on October 02, 2012
Lovely property with an upbeat helpful on-site manager. Shonda also cooks a great breakfast, served on a formal table with china, linens and cloth napkins. Really unique in this day of throw-aways. Room was nicely appointed in period style (1890s -early 1900s) and bed was extremely comfortable. Unlike many hotels, there was actually a view of plants, trees and flowers surrounding the house. Birds chirped and fish swam in the small pond. I loved it. Fre parking in the back courtyard. Only drawback--same pricing as the commercial hotels down the road, but without some standard amenities, such as televisions in each room. Even a single television in the parlor would help keep you apprised of news and weather during travel. Otherwise, a lovely escape.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay, and we appreciate your feedback. Regarding the televisions -- the upstairs rooms and cottages all do contain televisions. The downstairs rooms are intended as 'getaway' rooms, where guests can unplug from the world (although TVs can be brought in by request). You make a good point regarding having a television in the parlor for quick information access, and we will add one. We hope to see you again on your next visit to Tyler!
- Lisa Garrett (Owner)
4.6 on September 19, 2012
What an absolutely delightful spot! The house is warm and welcoming. My room, the Alma Mary & Robert Spence Room, was lovely! Shonda, the innkeeper, was fun and informative and a terrific ambassador for Tyler. We had the liveliest breakfast conversation with fellow guests. If I'm ever back in Tyler, I couldn't imagine staying anyplace else, and would recommend it to anyone headed that way.
4.6 on August 29, 2012
Shonna, the innkeeper, is incredible. She had lights on and fresh cookies awaiting us on arrival and check-in is as simple as picking up the keys. our cottage was so quaint and cozy surrounded by beautiful gardens. How could it get any better than this? Well, breakfast in the morning did - what an experience. The table in the main house was set with beautiful china and warm muffins and coffee waiting. Then out comes a delicious, gourmet plated breakfast! Combined with Shonna's hospitality this was hands down the best B&B experience we have had and we will stay there whenever we come to Tyler to visit our college kid!
3.8 on August 13, 2012
I haven't been to the Manor for nearly 6 years, but the accommodations are still as nice as they were. However, the food and biscuits are not as good as they were. In addition, the breakfast was pretty heavy and salty. The staff are still as nice, however.
5 on August 02, 2012
This beautiful bed and breakfast is located in a great area in Tyler Tx. It has beautiful, very clean rooms. The full breakfast in the morning was delicious and the inn keeper was friendly and courteous.
4.6 on July 11, 2012
My daughter and I stayed two nights in the carriage house and loved every minute of it. Cozy with a luxurious bed, great antiques, original wood floors, tile, baseboards and hardware. It was probably built for servants, so unassuming, and quaint. Hosts were kind and serving. Breakfast was awesome. Centrally located to downtown Tyler. I would definitely go there again. Main house is formal, artsy and beautiful.
4.2 on July 01, 2012
Wonderful old mansion. Great breakfast. Accommodating service.
5 on June 27, 2012
The manor is located a few blocks from downtown Tyler and the fine dinning found on the Square. My room was comfortable and clean. Sunday morning breakfast was fresh and very tasty. I have already made reservations for my next stay in Tyler.
4.8 on June 19, 2012
A terrific place. Very comfortable room, nice bathroom. Lovely breakfast. convenient location. We would definitely stay here again!
3.6 on June 19, 2012
I like the freedom that this B&B gives you when checking in. Service was great and all my requests were promptly tended to. The neighborhood is an older one but also one of the main attractions since it is located so close to downtown.
5 on May 31, 2012
We had two of the bests breakfasts ever. The creativity and presentation were expected to be good, but they were great!
4.6 on May 30, 2012
Very nice facilities - bed was most comfortable we've ever had in a B&B. Afternoon fresh baked cookies were a homey touch - and the free water/sodas were greatly appreciated.
3.6 on May 29, 2012
We had the Inn to ourselves following a busy weekend there. We had the luxury of a full tour at our leisure. It was an impressive place and had we had the option of choosing our room following the self directed tour, it would have been difficult. Too many excellent choices for an easy decision. All the rooms were truly charming, for sure!
5 on May 24, 2012
Great hospitality! Rooms cozy and great historic location.
5 on May 09, 2012
My family had to be in Tyler for my grandmother's funeral. I booked a room for me and my husband, my parents and my sister and her family (including a 2 year old). Shonda was very kind and helpful in the booking process: I called in advance and asked some questions because my sister and I both have a specific food allergy. She noticed that my reservation had notes about the allergy once I booked it, but my sister hadn't booked yet - so she quickly called to follow up to ensure she had everyone covered. Shonda was very kind to serve my sister and I specific breakfasts that accomodated our cullinary needs. And her breakfasts were great! As for the overall stay, being there for a funeral was a dark situation - but Shonda's kindness and hospitality made what could have been a horrible weekend into one that was actually pleasant for my family. I'll stay there when I head back during the summer!
4.8 on May 04, 2012
My wife and I enjoyed this getaway. No complaints, we had a wonderful time to recharge....
3.6 on April 29, 2012
Because of an invitation to a wedding, this Northern girl had a treat in Tyler, Texas. This very authentic Victorian treasure was just the place to rest and listen to the birds singing out on the balcony that came with my room. The B & B was quiet, immaculate and warm. I particularly enjoyed the ecclectic breakfast time conversation. I'd stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor again in a heartbeat.
3.4 on April 23, 2012
Found the innkeeper Shonda personable and well informed about Tyler attractions and places to eat. Only two things I could see that need improvement. 1. I drink about four cups of coffee a day. They need to get a Keurig coffee maker so guests can have coffee when they want it. The only time coffee was available was at breakfast. 2. Every other B&B we've visited have had ironed sheets and pillow cases. We were disappointed that ours were obviously straight out of the dryer and wrinkled.
5 on April 19, 2012
Our stay was wonderful! Shonda was a wonderful hostess. Our room was clean and cozy and the grounds were wonderfully kept up. Would definetly recommend it to anyone who's looking to for peace and quiet. Will be going back as soon as we can. :)
5 on April 07, 2012
very helpful manager, excellent breakfast, wonderful facilities.
5 on March 15, 2012
Wonderful B&B. Shonda is a great hostess. Breakfast was delicious!!
3.2 on February 29, 2012
My husband and I stayed in the Mockingbird Cottage for a weekend. It is great for those that want more privacy and room than in the main house. Breakfast was excellent, but it was only served at 9 am, so if you want an early start, you would probably have to forgo breakfast. Since we had the cottage, it was nice to have a full working kitchen if we didn't want to eat out for lunch or dinner. I would have prefered to have my own table for breakfast rather than sitting a one big table with everyone else, but if you're more social, than it shouldn't be an issue. Overall it was a pleasant experience.
4.2 on February 22, 2012
Shonda Lowe , Innkeeper , made the overnight stay a memorable one. She is the "hostess with the mostest" !! Knowledgeable, warm , outgoing and pleasant.
4.8 on February 08, 2012
My first trip to Tyler and this location made it a great memory. The house was very relaxing and nice to stay in. Slept great and really enjoyed the breakfast in the morning and enjoyable conversation. This falls into my "Try something new" area and we were glad we did.
4.4 on January 18, 2012
All I expected and more. Innkeeper friendly and knowledgeable. Great Breakfast.
4.0 on January 09, 2012
Shonda helped us make a great memory at Christmas. She attended to the smallest of details. It is fun to stay at a B & B with such a nice Innkeeper.
4.6 on December 13, 2011
We made an unexpected quick trip to the Tyler area and decided to stay at the Woldert Spence B&B. It was an excellent decision. The stay was relaxing and enjoyable. The breakfast was delicious and timely, and the socializing with the innkeeper was enjoyable and informative with local information on area events and sights. Will be doing it again.
5 on December 04, 2011
We loved our beatiful cottage room stocked with everything we needed and the fabulous breakfasts and wonderful hostess made our stay very special!
4.0 on November 29, 2011
We enjoyed our three night stay at the Woldert-Spence. Very convenient location for our purposes and friendly and accommodating innkeeper.
4.4 on November 25, 2011
Our stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor was truly delightful--beautiful historic home in a quiet section of the city. Breakfast was delicious and the hostess was friendly and accommodating. The only negative was that there were no DVD players with the small-screened TVs on which to watch a movie. Would definitely return and also would highly recommend this B&B to others.
5 on November 22, 2011
My husband and I completely LOVED our stay here. Everything was clean and pretty. The Woldert and Shonda Lowe met ALL our expectations. The breakfast was AMAZING the next morning (the BEST quiche I have ever ever had!!). Shonda has a wealth of knowledge about Tyler. She is also so sweet and friendly. We asked her all kinds of questions and she was so helpful. The next time I'm in Tyler, I am definitely staying at the Woldert!
4.2 on November 13, 2011
Visited on a Sat. for a one night stay. Located in a quiet neighborhood near downtown Tyler. Appreciated the peaceful surroundings. Stayed in the Elizabeth Spence room - spacious with a comfortable bed. Small shower stall, too confining. Breakfast was delicious. Shonda and her assistant were personable and spent much of the morning visiting with the guests. She had suggested a few things to do in Tyler and recommended stopping by Edom on our way back to Dallas. Truly a one stop light town... but worth the stop. Hope to make another visit to the Manor.
5 on November 13, 2011
I met a great group of people while staying there, we are stating in touch and even exchanging gifts at Christmas. The food was wonderful! Hands down the best food on my stay in Tyler. I will be staying there again the next time I am down in Tyler. Thanks for a wonderful stay!
4.4 on November 10, 2011
Exquisitely furnished room with fireplace and clawfoot tub. Delightful stay. Dining fine, but limited to (good) basics due to malfunctioning oven.
5 on November 08, 2011
My wife and I stayed Friday night and everything was just wonderful. We especially enjoyed visiting with Shonda and her Assistant. They both are outstanding Hosts. Charles R. Smith
4.2 on November 06, 2011
My sister and I recently stayed at the Woldert-Spence Manor and we had a fabulous time. Shonda Lowe, the innkeeper, is a treasure. She was very personable and made many recommendations for places to eat and visit. I think she should get an award from the Chamber of Commerce for her promotion of Tyler businesses. Her attention to detail was notable and we had a lot of fun. We would not hesitate to stay here again. It is obvious she loves this building and cares for all its visitors. We feel like we have new friends in Tyler TX.
4.0 on October 30, 2011
The Woldert- Spence is a beautiful B&B, but I was extremely disappointed in our room. It was obviously converted attic storage. It features a private balcony, which is great if you like facing the street and a very busy YMCA. The ceilings were 7 ft making the room feel very small. The shower was so small that if you dropped the soap, you had to step out of the shower to bend over and retreive it. There was a tiny old television balanced on a TV tray. The bed dipped on one side so much that if you got too close to the side you would slide off. Now enough about the room. The rest of the house was beautiful, well appointed and spacious. The hostess was very gracious and a wonderful cook. She was always ready with answers to all of our travel questions. All in all, I would stay hear again, but NOT in the Robert Spence Jr room.
4.2 on October 24, 2011
The breakfast at this B&B was outstanding! On day one we had a fresh fruit cup followed by fresh mushroom popover and fantastic bacon. Day two was broiled grapefruit with a brown sugar glaze, grilled sausage and baked pecan french toast with fresh made raspberrry syrup. Amazing! The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies upon arrival were a nice tough too! The hosts had included a little history of the house and prior owners, the rooms were beautifully decorated. Extremely reasonably priced for what was included!
4.4 on October 11, 2011
I have a Gluten allergy and the Innkeeper, Shonda Lowe went out of her way to make sure I had a gluten free breakfast designed just for me. I traveled to Tyler for a specific one time event, but wished I lived closer to the W-S Manor so I could utlize it more often. Beds were extremely comfortable and Ms. Lowe was such a delightful hostess, I felt like I was a welcomed guest in her home - thoroughly enjoyed my stay!
5 on October 09, 2011
The room was cozy, even with a private balcony, which we used each day. Woldert-Spence Manor was extremely welcoming and comfortable. An incredible breakfast was served each morning at the time we requested. We will definitely stay again next year!
4.0 on October 06, 2011
The management went out of their way to accommodate our request.
4.0 on October 05, 2011
The staff was exceptional. Very friendly and very informative.The location is just right for easy access to the highlights of Tyler. The breakfast was ample but not unique. Our overall experience was excellent and would most likely rebook in the future.
2.8 on September 23, 2011
We arrived at 9:30 PM and found no host to greet us. We had received a call to describe how we would get in if we arrived late but I did not consider that late. I don't remember the check-up time in the confirmation email we had received and 9:30 may have been after that. But, that is the reason for my Service rating. The room was attractive but I did not find it well-decorated or coordinated or unusual. That is part of the reason for my Rooms rating. Bed was average in comfort at best. We awoke tired on that night but not on other nights of our trip so I attributed the fatigue to the mattress. The old fashion claw-foot tub had a hot water faucet that was quite noisy unless you turned the hot water on fully and that was not really wanted for the shower. That is the other part of my Rooms rating. Sirens in the night caused the dog next door to howl and, of course, that had to happen in the wee hours of the morning. It did not affect my Room rating because neighbors with dogs are everywhere but, as stated, we did not awake refreshed. Breakfast was ordinary - eggs, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. We had always been served something special in the other 5 B&B's we have used and that is the reason for my Dining rating. We tried the Woldert-Spence Manor because the other B&B we've used in Tyler, the Rosevine Inn, was full. We will go back there when we can because the Woldert-Spence Manor was not the value I wanted. Also, there was a guest book showing $80 was our room's price. Be we paid half again as much. My Value rating is based on the experience I described in relation to the price we paid.
4.8 on September 19, 2011
The room was nice, and the service was excellent. The food was amazing. Thanks Shonda!
3.2 on September 18, 2011
I am from Tyler and was so happy to discover this wonderful option for my return visits. The location and atmosphere convey more Tyler charm than one could ever hope to get in a motel/hotel.
5 on September 13, 2011
The Woldest-Spence Manor was so peaceful to be outside on the porch (or spa) and listen to the birds. We sat byt he fire and read old books written by the first owner of the house while listening to the ocean sounds in the room! Breakfast was fabulous as well! We will stay here again!
3.6 on August 31, 2011
The inn provided tastefully decorated rooms in a quiet environment. Access to the downtown area was a key for our visit. The meal was outstanding.
4.0 on August 23, 2011
We enjoyed it... The breakfast was great!! We also loved the old world charm. It was close enough to dinning and entertainment but far enough away for peace and quite. The inn keeper gave plenty of information for all the local attraction.
5 on August 17, 2011
The house is charming - and immaculate. Very impressive. Best feature: Breakfast! Unlike many B&B's, something new every morning, and always delicious. Broiled grapefruit with brown sugar, fresh fruit salad with homemade sauce, the best ham & cheese quiche ever, scrambled eggs with cream cheese and chives...couldn't wait to get to the dining room every morning. And I'm not even a breakfast person. Innkeeper Shonda is doing all the right things. Am intending to bring my parents to Tyler for a few days and planned to book a traditional hotel figuring they would be more comfortable since they have never stayed in a B&B. Forget that - will definitely bring them to Woldert-Spence. Can't wait for my Mom to see this beautiful house. We'll never get Dad out of the dining room! Thanks for a wonderful experience Shonda.
4.6 on August 03, 2011
I stayed at the Woldert-Spence Manor because it was only slightly more expensive than a chain hotel. It turned out to be a great buy and a great experience.
3.2 on July 30, 2011
We enjoyed our overnight stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor. Since the evening was pleasant we enjoyed sitting out on the balcony of our room. We are pleased to recommend this beautiful B&B.
4.6 on July 23, 2011
Wonderful historic home with beautiful original stained glass windows, and a fabulous front porch on which to sit and relax. Breakfast was great, the guests were great conversationalists, the staff was wonderful. We would definitely return here.
4.2 on July 07, 2011
Got the last room for 4th of july weekend. Great house, good neighborhood, easy to find and get around, very clean and quiet. Small shower in our room, and room ceiling could be hazardous to anyone over 6'. Breakfast very good, nice selection, ample...but eggs and potatoes overdone. Could have been caused by our second seating. Fantastic biscuits and coffee cake though. Have already booked our group of 10 for October...its that good!
5 on June 25, 2011
We stayed in the Alma Mary & Robert Spence room, the largest room on the property. It was very spacious and had beautifully coordinated furnishings with abundant drawer space in the excellent-condition furniture, and a walk-in closet. The private, screened-in porch was wonderful for sitting in the evening. Great attention was given to every detail of comfort, and all kinds of extra supplies were available in a closet by the entrance (we would simply suggest the addition of a pair of sissors, since we had need of one). Anyone sensitive to light while sleeping needs to know that this room with the large stained glass window does not get particularly dark at night, and gets light early in the morning. For me, the sleep mask provided in the bedside table completely solved this problem. The owners have spent many hours researching public records of the property and have written an interesting history, which made for interesting reading as we sat on the porch, as did a book of poetry written by one of the original owners of the house, an author. We also enjoyed the hot tub in the back yard (though the temperature of the tub is not very warm). Breakfast was amazing, with many home-made items. The Woldert-Spence is within 15 minute walking distance of the downtown "square" which contains some interesting historical markers and some good restaurants (we ate at Ricks - excellent food, reservations suggested).
4.8 on June 20, 2011
Unfortunately I was only in Tyler, TX for one night, but in that time I found the Woldert-Spense Manor to be one of the most accomodating and genuinely inviting places I had ever stayed at. Not only did Chris do everything in his power to make my stay comfortable (most notably a free upgrade to a larger room that was not in use during my stay and a wonderful fresh-cooked breakfast prepared at the time I needed it), but it was clear from the outset that he was as excited about the house as his guests were. Each rom contains a folder with detailed historical information on the property, as researched by the hosts themselves, which is actually well worth reading, and I think Chris andI could have spent hours talking about the house, the Woldert family and the area's history had time allowed. The bedroom (I stayed in the William Woldert room on the ground floor, one of the two 'master' bedrooms) was absolutely beautiful, with a large mahogany bed, decor very much of the Victorian period and all the creature comforts I would ever want. The only possible criticism would be that had I not had the run of the downstairs (and therefore was able to control the hallway lighting level myself), it may have been distracting to have bright illumination coming in through the small window above the door. But this was no problem at all in my situation. Breakfast the next morning -- on Willow Pattern china and hallmarked silverware -- was cooked fresh to order by the host, and I wish I'd been able to do it more justice. The ingredients were high quality (bacon, eggs, potatoes, fresh-baked biscuits and home-made preserves), as always striking the right note between Victorian elegance and warm southern hospitality. I do not hesitate to heartily recommend this B&B to anyone staying in or around Tyler, TX. Thank you to Chris and Lisa for a wonderful experience! Gavin (Syracuse, NY)
5 on June 12, 2011
Had a wondserful stay and first time experience. Looking forward to future stays as well as visiting other B&Bs.
3.4 on June 02, 2011
The room was great. Breakfast is to kill for. And the front balcony was a pleasant place to sip wine on later in the evenings.
4.4 on June 02, 2011
Lisa & Chris, the Innkeepers are wonderful people. The breakfast is awesome! The back yard is very inviting with a winding walkway, and benches, chairs and table and a fountain with Koi. We spent time reading and relaxing there, listening to the birds and watching a squirrel.
5 on May 30, 2011
This place was the best. We didn't want to leave. My mother and I stayed here as a birthday weekend for me. We stayed in the Alma Mary and Robert Spence Room. It was a very beautiful room. The breakfast was great. We ate the biggest biscuits ever with some great homemade cinnamon butter. The innkeepers were very nice and friendly also. They also provided some dinner choices they were great also.
5 on May 25, 2011
Very accomodating, friendly and clean. Would recommend to anyone.
4.4 on May 25, 2011
We came in on a Friday evening during a rain storm. The cottage was clean and had a great ambiance about it. The breakfast was great. The owners were so helpful and friendly. Their pleasant personalities gave us a down home feel. They were so helpful in making our anniversary a great and memorable experience. They coordinated bringing in roses, chocolates and champaigne after we left for dinner. My wife was very surprised when we returned after dinner to see the romantic surprise. The only recommendations we would have would be to have more details about local attractions in each cottage for ease of referrals. Also maps as to how to get to certain restaurants or attractions in the rooms would be helpful. We would definitely stay again. It was a great getaway and value for the price.
5 on May 22, 2011
My husband and I stayed here for our 5th wedding anniversary. We stayed in one of the carriage houses. It was absolutely breath taking. They have taken great care in the little details. Everything we needed was easily accessible. The garden is beautiful. We wanted privacy and we got it! We met the owners the next morning for a delicious, filling and homemade breakfast. They are very pleasant and accommodating. It was a short stay, but one we will always remember.
4.4 on May 18, 2011
I was late in finding a room in Tyler for a weekend conference. It was graduation weekend and 3 hotels were booked! I would not have thought to consider a bed and breakfast. IT WAS A WONDERFUL COZY, WELCOMING PLACE TO REST!
5 on May 17, 2011
My wife and I had a wonderful experience stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor. The architecture and interior decorating had an antique feel, but without being dirty, dusty or dingy. The room was very warm and we felt right at home. The service was excellent and the owners Lisa and chris did an awesome job. Location was great, 5 -7 minutes from the main strip of hotels, well worth it for the experience we had. Breakfast was delicious and amazing, from the black peppered bacon to the scones, homemade biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs! Overall amazing experience and will be staying there anytime we're in Tyler again!
5 on May 12, 2011
The Room was perfect and the location was wonderful. I truly enjoyed how quite it was. I recommend this location to anyone wanting a short getaway with that special someone! The Innkeepers were very knowledgeable and friendly! Breakfast was great!!
5 on May 11, 2011
We were looking for a B&B that was close to the Susan G. Komen Fun Run in Tyler. Rooms were nice and very quiet. Really like the garden around the house too.
4.4 on May 11, 2011
Stayed in Mockingbird Cottage! Very nice! Quiet, clean, really enjoyed our stay. Good breakfast, Chris and Lisa were both gracious hosts. Will stay again!
4.4 on April 29, 2011
We needed an affordable overnight escape with easy access to things to do in Tyler. This was perfect. We stayed in the room with the private screened in porch which was so nice in the spring. We were surprised to discover a hot tub out back and a little fish pond. Yummy cookies were waiting for us on arrival. We very much enjoyed the well written history of the house and rocking on the front porch. And my husband was thrilled to be served a hearty man-satisfying breakfast even though it was a weekday. Our stay was calm, quiet and peaceful; the innkeepers down-to-earth, friendly and available while not being intrusive or overly talkative. Next time we want to stay overnight in Tyler we will be booking a room at the Woldert-Spencer B&B!
4.0 on April 27, 2011
Second time to stay and just as relaxing as the first time. Would recommend to anyone staying in the Tyler, TX area. Close to downtown shops, azalea trail and rose garden.
3.6 on April 23, 2011
The B&B is nice place to stay. The owners are delightful and breakfast was delicious. It is in a great area for the Tyler Azalea Trail and close to downtown. Would highly recommend.
4.2 on April 12, 2011
Our stay was very pleasant. It could have been better by the owners cleaning up the backyard and the furniture so it would be more pleasant sitting out. The meals were excellent, couldn't have been better. Close to good dining and was a great stay.
5 on April 09, 2011
I made reservations from the internet and was pleased to see a B & B in Tyler, TX that was available during the week and which suited my requirements; not all did. The Woldert-Spence Manor was perfect in every way. The breakfast was wonderful, the king-sized bed was comfortable, the room clean and quaint, and Chris and Tina were wonderful hosts. I certainly made a good choice and would go again! D. H. in Dallas
4.8 on March 26, 2011
Woldert-spence is spotlessly clean and cozy. It's wonderfully romantic. Chris and Lisa are warm and gracious hosts and it's almost worth driving three hours to Tyler for Lisa's freshly homemade buckle and "real" breakfast food.
5 on March 25, 2011
Warm and Hospitable welcome. Outstanding Accommodation for us. Food and Service was awesome. Would recommend this to everyone who is staying in Tyler over staying at a hotel. We came here for our anniversary and now plan to go stay there for any overnight trips we have in Tyler, TX.
5 on March 08, 2011
It was a wonderful little get away. The house was so beautiful. The furniture wonderful. An amazing home with a peaceful ambiance. I stayed in one of cottages. Breakfast was hearty and tasty. Will go back.
5 on February 27, 2011
It was a spur of the moment Valentine's weekend trip. It was very comfortable, pleasant, and overall very enjoyable experience. We have told all our friends and plan to go back, again.
4.8 on February 23, 2011
My wife and I decided to have an extended Valentines' weekend, and as the bed and breakfast fans that we are, we looked for a nearby B&B. Upon finding the Woldert-Spence Manor and looking at the wonderful rooms, I was sure that we would not be able to book anything within four days' time. Luckily, we were able to reserve one of the Carriage House Rooms, The Rockway Carriage Room was very luxurious and had a warm and comfortable feel about it. We were very impressed by the accommodations, the roomy and cozy living area as well as the fully supplied,stocked kitchen and dining area and the lovely bedroom and bathroom. We stayed at the Manor for two days and each days country breakfast was delicious and satisfying. The Innkeepers, Chris and Lisa were both very friendly, warm and accommodating. With so many things to do within Tyler, we will certainly return to the Woldert-Spence Manor.
4.4 on February 22, 2011
My husband and I love traveling, and the entire bnb experience. This home is absolutely fabulous. The stained glass is breathtaking! Chris and Lisa were so welcoming and very knowledgeable about the house and its history. Breakfast was tasty and very filling, Lisa was kind enough to send the scrumptious coffee cake with us as we were too full to eat it then. This is a must place to stay if you are in the area!!!
4.0 on February 18, 2011
The hosts were wonderful, and breakfast was delicious. I was a little disappointed in the small size of our shower (we were in one of the upstairs rooms). Also, when we arrived the house smelled VERY strongly of vanilla from fragrance plug-ins. I was already having a bit of a headache when we arrived and the strong smell just sent me over-the-edge. However, the following day the smell had dissipated quite a bit, so it may have just been a fluke. Anyway, over all the experience was very pleasant and we would definitely stay there again, but we'd probably opt for a downstairs room or the largest upstairs room instead.
4.0 on February 07, 2011
Really enjoyed our stay. Food was great. Bed was soft. Beautiful place.
5 on February 07, 2011
Very clean and a wonderful staff and facility. Loads of charm and history!
5 on January 23, 2011
Chris and Lisa have perfected the B&B experience! Their B&B is a wonderful escape for any occasion. From the cleanliness of the entire home to the delicious breakfast, Woldert-Spence Manor does not disappoint. We felt as if we were being welcomed home with the freshly baked cookies and a personal note upon arrival. Thank you for another relaxing and enjoyable stay in Tyler. See you next time! Wayne & Barbara
4.6 on January 05, 2011
House is beautiful! Innkeepers are very friendly. Second time to stay and it's always a wonderful experience.
4.2 on January 04, 2011
This is probably our third stay at the Woldert-Spence Manor over the last couple of years. My wife and I have always been very pleased with the quality stay this B&B provides. The innkeepers are very hospitable and serve a wonderful breakfast with generous portions. The whole place is very very clean(even by my clean standards) and the location of the B&B is conveniently located close to Tyler's downtown area with shopping and dining very close. The rooms are all nicely decorated and each offers a different setting with varying price ranges to choose from. Our favorite room is the Alma Mary & Robert Spence room downstairs. Look foward to returning soon.
3.4 on January 01, 2011
I had researched many b&bs before choosing to stay here. After reading lots of review, I decided to choose this one, for a weekend getaway. After looking forward to staying at the Manor, I was a little disappointed. The bedroom had only sheer curtains and let in a lot of light from the outside. There was a small sign on the dresser that said there were ear plugs in a drawer, but nothing about eye masks, until I found them the morning after. I had read reviews from other prior guests about how the owners were not intrusive. At breakfast the next morning, it seemed like Chris was intrusive over breakfast. He stood at the end of the room and seemed to hover over everyone. It was a little uncomfortable. The food was okay although the blueberry scones I'd read so much about were not on the menu, unfortunately. If I stayed here again, I would probably choose a different room and look for the eye masks BEFORE going to bed.
5 on December 05, 2010
We had a great night here. Food was great, owners very hospitable, just a great place to stay for a get a way. Beautiful home away from home.
5 on November 07, 2010
We did not eat breakfast at the B&B, but the baked goods were outstanding.
4.0 on November 03, 2010
Spent two nights while visiting nearby Canton (1st Monday). Great hospitality and enjoyed sitting around the breakfast table with other guests. Very convenient location and only a 30 min. drive from Canton.
5 on November 01, 2010
This is a wonderful place to stay while visiting Tyler! Chris and Lisa are very friendly and accommodating. Lots of privacy is what you'll get if that's what you're going for, otherwise they'll stay and answer any and all questions you might have about things to do, history on the house, etc. Breakfast was FANTASTIC! The homemade blueberry scones and thick-cut bacon were wonderful, too! Definitely recommend this B and B!!!
4.6 on November 01, 2010
The hosts were very welcoming and helpful. It felt like going back in time. We stayed in a carriage house that was first home to a young couple in the 40s and had sweet photos of them around...romantic. Perfect setting for quality family time.
4.6 on October 20, 2010
Our hosts were friendly and wonderful. The room was large and comfortable and the breakfast was amazing! I would stay there again in a heartbeat.
4.8 on October 14, 2010
We had a wonderful two nights there. My mother(81) and mother-in-law(79) enjoyed the old house. It reminded them of their grandparents houses.
5 on October 14, 2010
We really enjoyed our stay, the inn keepers made us feel right at home. Beautiful place, would definitely stay again
4.0 on October 04, 2010
My wife and I took a 1 night vacation in Tyler and really enjoyed the Woldert-Spence Manor. It was very close to downtown and several restaurants. Our hosts were great and very un-intrusive. The home is beautiful and our room was extremely nice.
4.8 on September 22, 2010
Wonderful place to stay and relax in; very helpful informing you on Tyler and surrounding area!
4.2 on September 09, 2010
Lisa and Chris are great hosts! The house is nice and quiet and close to everything, it is our third stay there and the breakfast is to die for, took care of all our needs and we had a relaxing stay.
5 on August 21, 2010
I visited Tyler on business (2 day project) and asked my wife to join me that she might see some of Tyler's sites. She scooted around Tyler, I worked and we relaxed in the Carrige House at day's end. Lisa and Chris we attentive hosts and wow!-ed us with a lovely breakfast and conversation. This is what we expect from a B&B and we will be back!! John and Cindy , Houston 08.2010
4.2 on June 27, 2010
We had just gotten to Tyler when we recived a welcoming phone call from Jeff (owner) to let us know our room was ready when we were - great first impression! Our stay in Tyler was proceeded by a very hot mountain bike ride at Tyler State Park. Upon arriving at the Woldert-Spece Manor we were met by the friendly co-owner, Jeff. Our room was cool and Jeff had showed us where to find the cool water and drinks. We were happy to see a suggested dining list - kept us from going to same old chain restaurants and polite reminders on how to make everyone's stay at the Manor enjoyable. After cooling down a bit we headed for Tyler's Art Walk where we met Lisa - the other co-owner of the W-S Manor (who was a key volunteer at the Art Walk). After a good night's sleep in very comfortable room we were greated with breakfast - prepared on time, at the time we had asked for (early). Through breakfast Jeff was happy to swap stories with us and to give us some history about the great house - making a personal connection that every stay at a B&B should include. Lisa in the mean time had prepared and they both served a generous traditional breakfast including a breakfast desert - recipes are on the B&B's website! Thanks for making out short respite feel like a full blown vacation!
5 on June 11, 2010
My sister and I went to Tyler for business/pleasure. Breakfast was fantastic. Friendly, clean atmosphere. Did not disappoint. Will go back.
5 on March 28, 2010
We spent another evening at the Woldert-Spence. Perfect in every way! Chris and Lisa are the best. Breakfast is delicious and the B & B is spotless! We will be back again, again, and again. The Fletchers
5 on March 25, 2010
Woldert-Spence is a quiet place and Lisa and Chris are excellent hosts. Clean rooms, great breakfast. Friendly people.
4.2 on March 21, 2010
My husband and I came to Tyler for our first wedding anniversary. While the weather was dismal for the Azalea Festival (rain and even snow!), the Woldert-Spence was wonderful! We stayed in the Rockway Carriage House and it was very enjoyable. Soft music playing in the background and delicious chocolate chip cookies waiting for us. The gas fireplace came in very handy and was easy to use. The bathroom and kitchen were very clean - there was a little dust on the ceiling fan but it wasn't terrible. Lisa is an outstanding cook and the breakfast was great!! Chris is a great host with lots of stories about the area. You can tell they really love what they do. If we come back to Tyler we will definitely stay with the Garrett's again.
4.8 on February 26, 2010
From my 1st call I liked the "feel". Owner easy to reach and gave good information. Love the house, very comfortable and hot tub and YMCA across the street. We will come back and enjoy again. Thanks, Lisa! Completely enjoyed Alma Mary and Robert Spence's Room.
4.0 on December 27, 2009
The rooms are spacious, clean, and charming. You'll find yourself in a very quite neighborhood with large mature trees and streets laid in brick. The breakfast spread is better than you'll find anywhere. We've stayed twice and this year we were able to use the fireplace in our room. For those of you whom can't escape work, WIFI is provided and it's secure. Hot tub, coy pond, off-street parking, and this grand old home, make this a great get away from the usual. As soon as you walk in, you'll catch a wiff of the mornings breakfast and it will make you feel relaxed and at home. Try this historic home for a night. If you don't like it you can always stay your second night in a chain Hotel where you are just a number....
4.4 on November 24, 2009
My wife and I spent last weekend (our anniversary) at the Woldert-Spense Manor in Tyler. The place is very nice. Our room was clean and comfortable. Chris and Lisa are the best innkeepers you could ask for. They think of everything. They are very attentive. The breakfast was outstanding. Highly recommend and would come back again.
5 on November 09, 2009
The Elizabeth Spence room was perfect; delightfully decorated. Our Hostess & Host were an amazing young couple who knew all of our names before breakfast the next morning. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the Hostess and offered wonderful Chocolate chip cookies. We had a wonderful stay and enjoyed visiting with our Host couple and playing with the "puppies" !
5 on November 04, 2009
Chris and lisa were wonderful hosts who were very accommodating to our needs. Lisa is a fantastic cook who served a wonderful breakfast. The rooms were very well kept and very beautiful.
5 on October 24, 2009
We stayed one night for our anniversary. We were made to feel so comfortable and special. The food was amazing and all the details were thought of by our host and hostess. They even left an anniversary gift for us in our room. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you so much for the great memories.
5 on October 12, 2009
This was our first stay at a B&B. We walked in to the loveliest place and were greeted with the most amazing chocolate chip cookies we have ever had. We were totally amazed by the décor both downstairs and upstairs. Each room had a unique quality. Every detail was like being taken care of by your favorite grandma. Being a neat nick, I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the entire place. The room was peaceful and the aroma of breakfast first thing in the morning was awesome. The breakfast was so delicious we talked about it all the way home. You must try the blueberry bread with whip cream and the cinnamon honey butter. The rooms had a sound spa that played relaxing music. We loved that so much we came back to Dallas and bought one for our home. One could not ask for more southern hospitality than Chris & Lisa. We will be back for another get away. Loved it !
4.8 on September 25, 2009
I only stayed here one night on a business trip but it was a great choice versus any hotel or motel I could have ended up at. The owners were very kind and catering. The area where the B&B was located was just as beautiful as the house itself. The neighborhood was quiet and there were many other beautiful old houses and the streets are brick layered. The B&B was enchanting, it had several tranquil sitting areas in the gardens and a coy pond and wishing well, and tons of greenery. The house was cozy and had that very historical feel and look to it. Very well decorated and all the rooms that I saw were all unique and very inviting. I slept great and in the morning couldnt believe how great this place was. Great service, great location, great rooms, great value, an all together unforgettable experience.
4.6 on September 24, 2009
This was my first time to stay at a B & B and it was wonderful! The owners were so gracious and the food was excellent. The grounds were also very pretty. I plan to return in the Spring when the azelas are blooming.
5 on August 27, 2009
We loved this B&B! The rooms were cozy and comfortable, and the food was home-cooked deliciousness! We would go back in a heartbeat!
5 on August 17, 2009
This was a last minute, spur of the moment weekend get-a way celebrating my husband's birthday. I reserved the room online really late the night before our visit. The response time for our confirmation was amazing. Everything was taken care of online and we received a very nice welcome e-mail and a phone call while we were in transit. This was our first time to stay in a Bed and Breakfast and I must say it will be hard for others to measure up. The Inn was beautifully furnished with quality antique furniture, gorgeous hardwood floors and awesome stained glass windows. Our bed was a sleigh-type bed with a very comfortable pillow top mattress, spotless sheets and lovely comforter ensemble. The bath linens were pristine, fluffy white, and very soft, not like the scimpy,scratchy almost threadbare towels you get in most chain hotels. Our room and bath were both spotlessly clean and very inviting. There was a large ceiling fan that made this hot-natured gal very happy. The room temperature was very comfortable in spite of our very hot East Texas weather. Wonderful home-made cookies, soft drinks and bottled water were made available to the guests. Chris and Lisa were both there to greet us and the others that were also arriving and we were made to feel welcome. The next morning we enjoyed a wonderful country breakfast with the most heavenly blueberry scones. Chris and Lisa were wonderful hosts, interested in the guests, yet also discreet; my husband really enjoyed learning of the history of the Manor from Chris. Overall we felt like guests in someone's home. We will definitely be going back as soon as we can and we highly recommend this Bed and Breakfast.
4.8 on August 02, 2009
We just spent two nights at this wonderful place and my husband and I so enjoyed it. The room was nice, but the breakfast was amazing! We literally ate only twice a day both days we were there, because the breakfast was so amazing. The owners are probably two of the nicest people you will ever meet. You should make reservation next time you are in Tyler.
4.6 on July 16, 2009
Beautiful home, splendid hospitality, outstanding breakfast!
5 on July 16, 2009
B&B was awesome, very clean, and well kept. Chris and Lisa were great hosts. Full breakfast at the time I had requested. Will return
4.8 on July 12, 2009
My spouse and I stayed at the Woldert-Spence Manor on a Friday night. It is on a brick street with some other residences, some older and some newer, and a YMCA is located across the street. Commercial buildings are located nearby as well. It's in a nice area, but not what I would consider an historic district. It is a few blocks - an easy walk -from the downtown area where there's not much shopping but good restaurants, even a Pilates studio. It's also just a few minutes' drive from the Rose Garden. We stayed in the Alma Mary and Robert Spence room - large, very nicely appointed and we especially liked having our own screened-in porch. We were warned about the next-door-neighbors' dogs, but a sound machine and even ear plugs are thoughtfully provided if the barking proved to be a problem. However, we were not at all disturbed by any neighborhood noise. The bed was very comfortable but I found the pillows to be a bit firm for me. Chris and Lisa are extremely congenial and accomodating. They made sure we had everything we needed, and the breakfast was outstanding. We had a wonderful stay and would recommend this B&B.
4.0 on July 08, 2009
This is a lovely B&B situated in an historic neighborhood. Chris and Lisa are very helpful and attentive hosts. We are looking forward to returning!
5 on June 15, 2009
We were on a house hunting trip to the Tyler area and stayed the Woldert-Spence. Lovely rooms, great breakfast, and outstanding inn keepers. We liked it so much, we have booked two rooms for our return trip in July. There are other choices but nothing in the area could possibly be better. When in the Tyler, TX area, book the Woldert-Spence. you won't be disappointed.
4.8 on May 27, 2009
Chris and Lisa make the Woldert-Spence the bed and breakfast experience what everyone imagines a B&B should be. Without them, the house is just a nice Victorian house made modern and comfortable. With them, it's a friendly experience with great breakfast meals, and it sets the bar high for any inn you will visit afterward. And, this is coming from a couple that hopes to own a B&B of their own soon...
5 on May 10, 2009
We were in Tyler for one night to visit a friend and chose to stay at the Woldert-Spence. The house is beautiful, almost like staying in a museum, yet very comfortable, clean, and home-like. I also like the location near downtown Tyler. Breakfast in the morning was delicious and Lisa & Chris are fantastic hosts! I would reccomend staying here if you are ever in Tyler and want to try something different than staying at a motel.
4.0 on April 20, 2009
Woldert-Spence Manor is a beautifully restored home. We stayed in the Alma Mary & Robert Spence room on the first floor - very spacious, the room was spotless and the bed very comfortable. The breakfast was one of the best we've had in a B&B.
4.4 on April 15, 2009
The manor welcomed you in like your Grandma's house at the holidays. The smell of bacon and eggs draws you downstairs for a very special breakfast!
5 on April 10, 2009
Friendly hosts, excellent accommodations, fabulous food. Beautiful garden.
5 on April 10, 2009
Lisa and Chris are wonderful hosts. We felt like family- great food. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Clean, bright, very homey. Felt like we spent the weekend in my miniature dollhouse I'm building. Perfect!!
5 on April 09, 2009
We stayed in the carriage house and loved it. The food was wonderful; the innkeepers were very friendly and helpful. It's only a short driving distance to most area attractions. We would definitely recommend it to friends and family.
5 on March 27, 2009
Absolutely wonderful experience. Beautiful accommodations, wonderful food, gracious hosts. We look forward to our next stay here!
4.8 on March 20, 2009
This was my second time staying at a B&B and first for my boyfriends. We came to stay in Tyler for a few days for Spring Break, and absolutely loved it! We were greeted right away with smiles and cookies, loooads of information was given to us for touriesty stuff. We had a wonderful and relaxing time and had a great experience. Thanks!
4.6 on March 19, 2009
Wonderful old house, friendly hosts, beautifully restored to Victorian period, (but modern baths!).
5 on March 19, 2009
3.8 on March 13, 2009
The Woldert-Spence Manor was exactly what my husband and I needed for an overnight business trip in Tyler, TX. We were dealing with some heavy decisions and this relaxing, beautiful place of history brought us some quiet moments and much-needed down time. Chris and Lisa were great...Very welcoming and warm...very accommodating with a late check out for me as my husband went to his appointment the next morning. We will be back to this wonderful and warm home whenever we come back to the Tyler area. We would highly recommend staying there...You will love the history in the home and the food and hospitality went beyond our expectations.
4.8 on March 03, 2009
Wonderful hosts, great attention to detail, outstanding breakfast- Don't miss staying there!
5 on February 18, 2009
We spent Valentine's weekend 2008 at the Woldert-Spence Manor and it totally exceeded out expectations. The house and our room was beautiful and was furnished in period furniture. The innkeepers were warm and informative and paid attention even to the smallest details. I wish there were words to describe the wonderful breakfast that we had in the beautifully appointed dining room. Several family recipes were used and they were all outstanding. I have stayed in 20 - 30 bed and breakfast's in my lifetime and this one ranks amongst the best! I will definately be going back!
5 on February 17, 2009
Lovely house, nicely appointed and very clean. Hosts were gracious, especially when we had car trouble and could not make it back before check out time. They even saved us a wonderful breakfast!! I cannot understand why anyone would go to a hotel in Tyler when this option is available!
5 on December 16, 2008
We spent our anniversary weekend in the carriage house, which completely exceeded our expectations. The first thing I noticed was how clean and neat it was. After that, the set-up was very comfortable. It was quiet, secluded, roomy, charming. Very nice for a home-away-from-home. The breakfast was delicious and more than filling. Lisa knows what she's doing. I've told all my friends they should stay just for the food. The hospitality and location will certainly bring us back.
5 on December 03, 2008
The food as exceptional and the service left nothing to be desired. A beautiful, quaint little place!
5 on November 21, 2008
This was an amazing experience! Most friendly service! Can't wait to return!
5 on November 15, 2008
We had a wonderful time. They really made your stay the best possible. The house is beautiful & they innkeepers are down-to-earth & friendly.
3.6 on October 31, 2008
comfortable bed- great breakfast-friendly owners- nice and private
5 on October 15, 2008
This was our first time to stay at a B&B but it won't be our last. We absolutely loved. The owners were great and is surpassed what we expected.
5 on October 15, 2008
Wonderful bed & breakfast - the owners were very hospitable and the Rockway Carriage house was perfect and private - I would definitely stay again.
5 on October 15, 2008
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful night at the Woldert-Spence Manor. The breakfast was amazing and original! Our room was beautifully decorated as well! We really enjoyed our stay and will return!
4.4 on October 14, 2008
Very beautiful surroundings. Hosts were very friendly & accommodating. Loved the town!
5 on September 20, 2008
Best place to stay away from home. Beautiful historic structure. Thank you Lisa and Chris for your hospitality and thoughtfulness. The food was great and delicious. Would love to visit again. I & E Chan & Chen
4.6 on September 05, 2008
Chris and Lisa couldn't be nicer. They will bend over backwards to make your stay pleasant. Lisa is an incredible cook! Our only issue was with next door neighbor's barking puppies that prevented a good night's rest. You may want to ask about that before booking.
Thank you for your comment about the puppies. They are a new addition to the neighborhood and we're just figuring out how they affect our guests. On the one hand, the puppies have settled down quite a bit since the first week they arrived (which I'm guessing might be when you stayed) and they don't tend to bark at night anymore. However, they are still puppies and bark some when they play, and will of course eventually be dogs, so we want to do everything we can to minimize the noise---that's part of having a B&B in a real neighborhood! In any case, of our 7 rooms, the puppies really are only noticable in 3 rooms on that side of the house. Firstly, we have put noise machines in all of the rooms---we received an earlier comment that some background noise might help mask squeaking floors and other guests, for those that are very noise-sensitive. But we also want to eliminate the noise in the house, not just mask it. So secondly, we are working on improving the sound-proofing in the affected rooms. Being an historic home, the windows aren't exactly designed for noise reduction--we're working to bring them up to snuff. Polling our guests, some notice the puppies, some don't. But we want to make sure everyone enjoys their stay, so please continue to provide feedback on how we're doing.
- Chris and Lisa Garrett (innkeepers)
5 on August 28, 2008
5 on August 08, 2008
My stay at the Wolder-Spence Manor was a relaxing experience. I enjoyed the hospitality, the historical rooms, antiques, stain-glass windows, the spa, and the wonderful breakfast each morning.
4.8 on July 26, 2008
We stayed here to celebrate our 11th Anniversary. The house has been beautifully restored and boasts a rich East Texas history. The hosts, Chris and Lisa, do an excellent job making you feel right at home. The breakfasts are mouth-watering and you WON'T leave hungry! Thanks Lisa! The fresh cookies and stocked mini fridge really top it off. The BEST place to stay in Tyler, hands down!
5 on July 24, 2008
Beautifully restored B&B with all the comforts to pamper guests. Owners Chris & Lisa Garrett are wonderful and thoughtful hosts. Lisa's breakfast is the best. Highly recommended.
5 on July 23, 2008
This old historic home was in a quiet neighborhood. The details in the home were wonderful and beautiful. Very comfortable room and the breakfast was yummy although we ate too much. Can't wait to stay there again. Our son is in college in Tyler and this will be the perfect place for us when we go visit.
4.4 on July 23, 2008
We stayed in the Carriage Rockway House - w/ our 2 children - ages 10 & 11. Excellent stay! Charming, warm, etc. Outstanding breakfast!
4.8 on July 21, 2008
Gracious new owners. Lovely accommodations. Big breakfast. Convenient location.
4.8 on July 17, 2008
Great location, food, hosts & house. Very clean & pleasant.
4.2 on July 10, 2008
Very nice stay and very close to the convention center. I upgraded to the large downstairs room after I got there. The place is wonderful! The new owners are very hospitable and the breakfast was yummy - fruit, orange juice, coffee, biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, bacon, and scones! I will definitely be back!
5 on July 07, 2008
If you are thinking about staying in the Tyler area I'd highly recommend the Historic Woldert-Spencer Manor. Chris and Lisa are two of the best hosts you will find at any B&B and the property is quite charming and conveniently located. The historic house has a very interesting history which provides for a most enjoyable stay and lively conversation with other guests. I must admit the all-you-can eat breakfast is out of this world which gets the day off to a great start. Lisa is such a fantastic cook making specialty desserts each day from hand picked blueberries (which were in season during our stay). The backyard garden offers a nice retreat for either sitting in the hot tub or just enjoying the shade of huge oak and magnolia trees next to the Japanese poi fish pond. Our room had all the comforts of home but was in keeping with the feel of a grand historic Tyler home of the past. You won’t be disappointed!